What does sharpen mean?

Definitions for sharpen
ˈʃɑr pənsharp·en

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word sharpen.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. sharpen(verb)

    make sharp or sharper

    "sharpen the knives"

  2. sharpen(verb)

    make crisp or more crisp and precise

    "We had to sharpen our arguments"

  3. sharpen(verb)

    become sharp or sharper

    "The debate sharpened"

  4. focus, focalize, focalise, sharpen(verb)

    put (an image) into focus

    "Please focus the image; we cannot enjoy the movie"

  5. sharpen(verb)

    make (images or sounds) sharp or sharper

  6. sharpen(verb)

    raise the pitch of (musical notes)

  7. sharpen, taper, point(verb)

    give a point to

    "The candles are tapered"

  8. sharpen, heighten(verb)

    make (one's senses) more acute

    "This drug will sharpen your vision"


  1. sharpen(Verb)

    To make sharp

  2. Origin: sharp + -en

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sharpen(adj)

    to make sharp

  2. Sharpen(adj)

    to give a keen edge or fine point to; to make sharper; as, to sharpen an ax, or the teeth of a saw

  3. Sharpen(adj)

    to render more quick or acute in perception; to make more ready or ingenious

  4. Sharpen(adj)

    to make more eager; as, to sharpen men's desires

  5. Sharpen(adj)

    to make more pungent and intense; as, to sharpen a pain or disease

  6. Sharpen(adj)

    to make biting, sarcastic, or severe

  7. Sharpen(adj)

    to render more shrill or piercing

  8. Sharpen(adj)

    to make more tart or acid; to make sour; as, the rays of the sun sharpen vinegar

  9. Sharpen(adj)

    to raise, as a sound, by means of a sharp; to apply a sharp to

  10. Sharpen(verb)

    to grow or become sharp

  11. Origin: [See Sharp, a.]

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How to say sharpen in sign language?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sharpen in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sharpen in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of sharpen in a Sentence

  1. Ungad Chadda:

    It allows us to sharpen our focus.

  2. Debasish Mridha, M.D.:

    Great habits sharpen our thoughts and make us great.

  3. Peter Ustinov:

    Parents are the bones on which children sharpen their teeth.

  4. Oscar Levant:

    The first thing I do in the morning is brush my teeth and sharpen my tongue.

  5. Confucius:

    The expectations of life depend upon diligence the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.

Images & Illustrations of sharpen

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